Primary health spend rises 50%

A report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows total expenditure on primary healthcare increased in real terms from $30.8 billion to $50.6 billion from 2001–02 to 2011–12.

Federal government spending per person rose from $669 in 2001–02 to $1005 in 2011–12 after adjusting for inflation.

Non-government funding, mostly coming from out-of-pocket expenses, was $929 per person in 2011–12, an increase from $649 in 2001–02.

Health economist Professor Jane Hall of the